Emmet County Sheriff's Office

  • Emmet County Sheriff's Office

    Law Enforcement Center
    114 North 6th Street
    Suite #2
    Estherville, IA 51334

    Office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Communication Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Telephone Numbers:

    • Phone: 712-362-2639
    • Fax: 712-362-7271
    • For emergencies dial 911


  • Emmet County Sheriff Photo
    Emmet County Sheriff, Mike Martens

Department Personnel:

  • Deputy - Jeff Merrill (Patrol Sergeant, Training Officer, Advanced Traffic Accident Investigator, Pursuit Driving Instructor)
  • Deputy - Tony Ruter (MART Team Tactical Leader, Field Training Officer)
  • Deputy - Thomas Bauler (Reserve Coordinator, SFST Instructor, Drug Recognition Expert)
  • Deputy - Dillon Faas (MART Team Tactical Operator, Advanced Traffic Accident Investigator, Firearms Instructor)
  • Deputy – Thomas Schultes (Drone Pilot, MART Team Tactical Operator, K-9 Handler)
  • Deputy – Justin Schultes
  • Deputy – Caleb Creech
  • Civil Clerk - Laurie Harvego (Part-time Jailer)
  • Jail Administrator - Pablo Leal (Reserve Deputy)
  • Jailer - Bob Krause (Reserve Deputy)
  • Jailer - Hunter Collins
  • Jailer - Luke Brenner
  • Dispatcher - Emily Krause
  • Dispatcher - MacKenzie Kollasch (Terminal Agency Coordinator)
  • Dispatcher - Casie Whitacre
  • Dispatcher - Chris Inman
  • Part-time Dispatcher - Tera Shatto
  • Part-time Dispatcher - Jarrod Fischer

Emmet County Sheriff's Department Info

  • Civil Process Services

    • Charges for Small Claims Service is $30.00 for first defendant, $20.00 for additional defendants, plus .50/mile with a minimum of 10 miles ($5.00).
    • Service fees and mileage do not have to be paid in advance of service. Advance payment could be required from plaintiffs not paying on time or not paying for previous services.
    • Charges for serving arrest warrants and subpoenas are $35.00 plus .50/mile with a minimum of 10 miles.
    • A Permit to Acquire is needed for a person that wishes to purchase any type of gun. A Permit to Acquire is good for five years and the cost is $25.00.
    • Renewal of a permit to carry weapons is $25.00. Cost of a new Permit is $50.00
    • You may obtain a copy of your driving record for $7.00.
    • A copy of an accident report is $7.00.
  • HSI Victim Notification Program

    The HSI Victim Notification Program allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien’s release from custody. However, victims and witnesses are required to register with HSI in order to receive notifications.
    Please CLICK HERE for more information on the Universal Resource Locator for the HSI Victim Notification Program.
  • Sexual Offender Registry

    For a list of Emmet County individuals that are registered with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry click here.
  • VINE - Victim Information and Notification Everyday

    The IowaVINE is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search for information regarding their offender's custody status and register to receive telephone and e-mail notification when the offender's custody status changes.
    This service is brought to you by your local Emmet County Sheriff's Office.
    The VINE toll-free number for IowaVINE is 888-742-8463.
  • Eviction Process

    For information on the eviction process click here.
  • Fingerprinting Services

    The Emmet County Sheriff's Office will do fingerprinting for a $5.00 fee.
  • Fireworks Permit Application

    Permits are not required for consumer grade fireworks for the following dates: June 1st through July 8th and December 10th thru January 3rd
    Click here to read more about the new law.
    To apply for a fireworks permit in Emmet County, please complete and return the application to the:
    609 1st Avenue North
    Estherville, IA 51334
    EMAIL Emmet County Auditor
    Any questions, please call 712-362-4261

Emmet County Jail Information

  • Emmet County Jail

    • Visitation - Thursdays and Sundays from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

    • No person will be allowed to visit a prisoner if they have any criminal charge pending in court.

    • All visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

    • Each prisoner will fill out a visitor list monthly with three visitors on that list. Immediate family do not need to be on the list. In addition to immediate family, those on the list are the only people allowed to visit a prisoner. Exception: a prisoner's minister or attorney may visit with them at any time.

    • Jail Room and Board: A prisoner that has been convicted in court and sentenced to serve time in the Emmet County Jail must pay room and board.

    • Daily rate: $35/day weekdays no work release • $50/day with work release • $50/day weekends

    • A work release will not be allowed unless court ordered. A person on work release will pay their room and board in advance.

  • Meals

    • Breakfast (prepared on site) - Cereal, fruit, bread, milk and juice

    • Lunch (prepared on site) - Milk, cold meat sandwich, fruit, bag of chips

    • Supper - Hot lunch

  • Correspondence

    Emmet County will provide 2 stamped envelopes per week to be used by a prisoner. All mail coming or going may be read by staff of the Emmet County Sheriff Department. Exception: Mail to or from the prisoner's attorney will remain confidential. No obscene or pornographic material, food, beverages, tobacco will be allowed in the jail.

  • Phone calls

    Inmates are allowed to use the inmate phone at any time when they are not in lockdown. The person being called will be billed for the call by Reliance Telephone Systems. Phone cards can also be purchased at a reduced rate by calling Reliance Telephone Systems at 800-896-3201 or by visiting Reliance Telephone Website. All calls may be monitored by staff. iPods for texting are also available for use by inmates and text cards can be purchased in the same manner as phone cards. All texts sent and received may be monitored by staff.

  • Commissary

    The Emmet County Jail currently has a commissary. A list of the items will be available for purchase to each inmate. Items from the commissary will be purchased via Tiger snacks. Family members or friends will have the ability to purchase commissary on tigersnack.com for inmates. Inmates will not have the ability to purchase commissary online. Only family or friends will have access to the website. The commissary program will be available to all inmates who are compliant with all jail rules and regulations. Any inmates who do not adhere to the rules and regulations will lose their commissary privileges.